Unit 2 Topic: Diseases / Conditions of the Left and Right Upper Quadrant
Diseases / Conditions of the Left and Right Upper Quadrant
- The left and right upper quadrant incorporate several important organs that often can be associated with diseases and conditions. This is because the left and the right upper quadrant of the body contain several organs that often interfere with each other.
- An example of a particular disease that has grown to be quite popular is Hepatitis. The number of people that have had any experience with this particular condition has increased over time, for which there are several forms of this particular disease.
- The underlying rule to identify hepatitis is experiencing inflammation of the liver, as this disease is prevalent in the right upper quadrant.
- The image attached below (in blue) represents the general area in which hepatitis tends to occur.
- Another example of a particular disease that takes place in the right upper quadrant is a peptic ulcer.
- A hole that takes place in the lining of the digestive tract, created by erosion from the digestive movement of a combination between pepsin and stomach acid.
Right Upper Quadrant
- In the right upper quadrant, is the right hypochondriac region.
- Organs that can be found in the right upper quadrant include the liver, the gallbladder, the right kidney, the small intestine, the duodenum, the upper portion of the pancreas, and the hepatic flexure of the colon.
- The most common diagnosable cause for the right upper quadrant is acute cholecystitis, for which the condition may originate as the inflammation of the gallbladder, and gradually develop over several hours.
- This is because the gallstone obstructs the cystic duct, causing symptoms such as severe pain in the upper right quadrant and can often be associated with a fever, vomiting, nausea, and feeling chilly.
- The image attached below (in white, including the words “acute cholecystitis, point towards the upper right quadrant), represents the general area in which hepatitis tends to occur, depicting an accurate representation of how acute cholecystitis may present itself.
Left Upper Quadrant
- In the left upper quadrant, is the left hypochondriac region.
- Organs that can be found in the left upper quadrant include the stomach, the spleen, the left portion of the liver, the main body of the pancreas, the left portion of the kidney, the adrenal glands, the splenic flexure of the colon, and the bottom part of the colon.
- The most common diagnosable cause for this specific region of the left upper quadrant may feel sensitive from experiencing abnormalities associated with the intestine, or from experiencing appendicitis.
- Predominantly, appendicitis can be identified with the sole symptom of experiencing pain, for which inflammation of the appendix may cause severe agony.
- The pain may originate in the area of the navel, and then gradually move onward.
- The image attached below (in light blue), including the words “illeium, “small intestine”, cecum, “large intestine”, and appendix, represents the general area in which the appendix tends to occur, depicting an accurate representation of the appendix may present itself when swollen.
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